State Success Story, Part 2: How Colorado advocates built and used a diverse coalition to give more families access to health care

Written by: Erin Miller
Date Posted: September 18, 2020

United States of Care is highlighting the work that Colorado advocates, including the Children’s Campaign, did to expand access to quality, affordable health insurance during the economic and public health crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A new law establishing a Health Insurance Affordability Enterprise (SB215), will bring more affordable coverage to Coloradans who buy their own insurance –by repurposing an existing federal fee on insurance companies with a state fee. A previous post provided an overview of the policy, how it is structured to help people, and how other states can learn from Colorado’s approach. This week, USofCare interviewed these advocates to hear in their own words how they mobilized over 50 organizations to pass a bill in a sprint effort earlier this year. Embedded within this conversation are key lessons for advocates, stakeholders, and policymakers across the country who aim to advance any policy reform, including expanding health care coverage for people not served by the Affordable Care Act. 

Erin Miller

About Erin Miller

Erin leads the health policy work of the Colorado Children’s Campaign to improve health insurance coverage and quality for Colorado’s kids, expand access to health services for Colorado families, and ensure that every child has healthy places to live, learn and play. She has led policy initiatives to strengthen the state’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee, improve access to school lunches, expand access to family planning services and oral health care, and improve pregnancy-related behavioral health. Her professional experiences include service as a WIC Educator and Local Area Retail Coordinator, a Special Assistant in the HHS Office of Planning and Evaluation, a Health Policy Adviser and Budget Analyst for the U.S. House Budget Committee and working with stakeholders in the Colorado Medicaid Program.